IT, Peace and of course culture. In tune with the central theme of the 2018
Pyeongchang winter games… a special set of commemorative are unveiled. Won Jung-hwan shows us how the organizing
committe and many other dedicated individuals are putting the final touches to add to the
festive mood. The organizers of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter
Olympic Games have showcased a new set of commemorative coins and banknotes to the public
for the first time in Seoul on Wednesday. (KOREAN) “Last year, 11 kinds of commemorative coins
were released at the first sale,… and 12 kinds at the second sale. This time, we have put all of them together
as well as the commemorative banknotes inside the 8-hundred-88 limited edition set,… to
commemorate the upcoming 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.” This special set of commemorative coins and
banknotes consists of 4 gold, 15 silver, and 2 bronze coins,… along with three kinds
of banknote. Just 8-hundred-88 sets have been made. This number comes from combining ’88’ from
the 1988 Seoul Olympics and ‘8’ from PyeongChang 2018. The set costs just over 10-thousand U.S. dollars. The first customer to purchase the set of
special coins and banknotes was Korean R&B singer Insooni, who is an honorary ambassador
for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games and the singer of the PyeongChang theme song,
“Let Everyone Shine”. Insooni’s personal name was also engraved
on her commemorative set,… and those who purchase a set can also have their name engraved
on their set,… and will also have their name written on a plaque at the PyeongChang
2018 memorial hall. The special set of commemorative coins and
banknotes will be available to pre-order from the 15th to the 26th of this month from major
banks and post offices, or online at the Poongsan Hwadong website. Meanwhile, as the two Koreas agreed on Tuesday
that the North will send a delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics,… The organizing committee expects the occasion
to be a rare chance for inter-Korean exchanges. (KOREAN) “Although we are highly confident of pursuing
a culture-Olympics and IT-Olympics, previously we had some concerns about a peaceful Olympics
for PyeongChang 2018. But now that North Korea has decided to participate,
we are very confident that we can achieve the peace-Olympics as well.” South Korea hopes that the 2018 PyeongChang
Winter Olympics could set the tone for bringing peace to the divided peninsula. Won Jung-hwan, Arirang News.